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Sheppard Field Texacts (Newspaper) - July 3, 1942, Sheppard Field, Texas Introducing. Open House plans made for july 4th Field will be open to visitors from 9 30 a. In. Until 6 00 p. In. Sheppard Field will hold open House tor visitors july i Between the hours of 9 30 a. In. And 6 p. In. Open for inspection by visitors will be the school buildings of the academic Section where student mechanics learn to a keep pm flying Quot mess Hall number 8, All tin Barracks of the 421st school Squadron in area a div and the administrative offices which will continue business As usual. Soldier guides will be placed Al the Dis Wjk Sal of visitors to route them Over Points of interest and explain How our army is responding to the Call to arms. Highlighting the Day s activities will be reviews of troops by the commanding officers of the army air forces technical school and tin army air f orces replacement i training Center. Col. Ii. B. Clagett will review tin first provisional group troops at la a. In. On the East Parade grounds. At 5 p. Rn., it. Col. Joseph continued on Page 2 a Lake full a Aerial gunnery school now open to enlisted men enlisted men attached to the replacement Center at Sheppard Field and those in training at the Post s aviation Mechanic school who qualify for Aerial gunnery will be Given Opportunity to gain commissions As gunnery control officers according to a bulletin released this week by the army air forces Headquarters technical training command. In addition men meeting the requirements of the school will receive upon qualification for the Iive week course which consists it 3�?�> weeks ground school followed by in week training in target work while actually flying base pay plus flying pay a 50 per cent addition. Graduated successful applicants continued on Page 2 slogan Winner gets $25 War Bond prize a take More pains save More planes submitted by s. Sgt. J. L. Cooper s. Sift. J. I. Cooper of the personnel office Ai Post Headquarters was $25 Richer this week Brause Hie Suomi us safety Logan. A take More pains save Moke planes was chosen to receive first prize of a a Bond by a committee of three judges. Majors Keech George e. Perry and John ii. Kelly. A Malcolm g. $ a get j. I. Cooper of the Post personnel office receives a a jul War Bomi from . Col. James i. Walsh. Post War Bond officer for winning the Sheppard Bield safely slogan contest with the Couplet a take More pains save More another contest stars flus week and will continue indefinitely. Best slogan of each week will win a suitable award. Mike discovers Tho presentation was made tuesday night on the a Sheppard Field in review radio program at the Post service club by la. Col. James f. Walsh Post War Bend officer who praised sergeant Cooper for his Fine work in coming up with the winning slogan and also for the fact that he is i Sheppard Field Soldier is buying War Bonds each month on eligible for immediate promotion Hie army pay reservation plan. To staff sergeant with Hight pay on the same program colonel a is a glider Pilot trainee provided Walsh recognized several other glider pilots can Start out As s. Sergeants a Tell per Dif air techs can help Cut Down accidents by pfc. Mike Mechanic Tex arts staff writer i never been much of a hand at figures mathematical figures to Al is but a Guy done to have to lie an Einstein to figure out that when the greatest percent of air plane accidents is due to personal negligence that percent is too High. Major Paul j. Cahier who is he Post operations officer give me those facts just the other Day when lie see to me a Mike we got a lug enough Job trying to whip the japs and the nazis without trying to whip major a i se/., standing at attention even it my pants aint me who Are those Guys who Are trying to whip ourselves ant. I tonally myself will make them wish they Wiz a horse of a Ferent color.�?�. The major who is a distinguished handsome fellow smiles although personally i myself can see nothing to smile about when maybe Ive got millions of fifth columnists workup on our air planes. A Mike a he continues a you might lie one of those Fellows your s personally i myself done to like that remark hut of course i done to Tell that to the major since i Ani Only a pfe., so i just ask Hun a How come a a Well Mike a he says offering me a cigarette so i see Fie Rean it ainu to mad at me a a careless Mechanic and a cocky Pilot Are As dangerous to one of our ships As an enemy Zero or . In fact lie is More dangerous. Against a nazi or a Jap our pilots stand at least an even Chance. But when a Lazy or indifferent Mechanic fails to tighten a Bolt properly which might loosen a bracing crumple a Wing and head the plane to a crack up theres bottle a Pilot can do.�?�. Came the Dawn that is a very sensible thing to think about and i can see where i am beginning to get pretty mad at a fathead Mechanic who wont do his Jolt right. In fact i fell the major that i personally myself Ain about to go out and give the heat to fathead mechanics wha Are Lazy and put our pilots on the spot. _ ,. ,. The major says he appreciates my sentiments but that that am t exactly the Way to go about things. The Way lie explains it fathead continued on Page 2 he has completed the civilian Pilot tunning private fliers course according loan announcement made sunday in san Antonio but maj. Gen. H. R. Harmon Gull coast training Center commander. I prior to his announcement it i was necessary for every glider i tot trainee in class a to Complete i As High Asio weeks intensive training before attaining the Stab sergeants rating which draws $144 a month on full flight pay. The War department recently has relaxed physical requirements tor the motor less plane pilots who Are selected for training from the ranks general Harmon said. The Reservoir of former civilian trained private pilots who Are now continued on Page 2 a Siil e i re la Uless piety slogans submitted by Sheppard Field soldiers and gave credit to the runner up pvt. Charles the Sheppard Field safety slogan contest will continue and will become a weekly event Lur an indefinite period. An appropriate prize will he awarded to the Best slogan of the week every thursday night starting july Bill. Reorganization of Post squadrons started july i. Wednesday morning was moving Day for a Large group of Sheppard Field soldiers. The move sent permanent personnel from one Squadron to another As the first step in the Field s reorganization program to make each Squadron a Complete unit in itself. The change was made to conform with the new organization policy adopted by Tho army ail forces technical training com continued on Page 2 e. Dyer of the 313th school Squadron for his slogan work and to Ain with utmost care your country has no lives to spare other slogans that received honorable mention by tile judges were a work with precision and Well win the decision by pvt. Harlan Christianson of the 403rd school Squadron a a slip on the line May Cost the lives of nine be careful Quot by pvt. William m Glog Avak of the 311th, and a a mechanics skill and care w ill insure Victory in the air. By pvt. Charleston s. F Rederickson also of the 311th. Sergeant Coopers slogan which was submitted on a piece of scratch paper will be blown up and depicted on a color poster by the Art staff of the Public relations office Anc publicized in leading army anti private publications. The idea for the contest was originally inspired by maj. Gen. Walter r. Weaver commanding the army air forces technical training command pie. Mike Mechanic personally pie. Mike Mechanic an 0000000, entered the Sheppard Field mechanics school this week. Mike is no Ordinary private however so wed like to introduce you to him. You la he seeing a of him. Mike is a congenial easy going industrious Little Guy. Physically to does t look much like an aviation Mechanic. He son the Short Side and be s not very pretty. Not All of our mechanics Are matinee idols of course but Mike has t even As much As at Teal cled a matinee it you got what we mean. A Mechanic s Mechanic mentally and spiritually How Ever Mike Challie. J in s Isnit As dumb is a Mechanic s Mollie kind of a Guy who Asho looks. You i find that out too. Shortly. Ile May be pint sized but our Mike a the heart of a lion. He a Quick on on the trigger mentally and hot knows the score. Lit s industrious likes the american Way of life and while under other conditions he might enjoy a brew with the boys Back Home More than being a Mechanic lit1 knows that his coveralls will help him to achieve a life Long ambition to Knock the hell out of the Axis. Mike incidentally was Oom in the Public relations office. He a the Handiwork of pvt. Larry f Oeck who thought him up corp. Norman Spicer and pvt. Don Reid who educated him somewhat it. Kinsey Jones who introduced him to the life military and sgt. Duane Wright artist who gave him his head body arms and legs Bubble some Mike had a Long talk with the Post operations officer the other Day and the result is the interview Story you la find in Thi Middle of this Page. It you like Mike and there a some particular Story you d like to have him cover and write perhaps an snit cresting personality right in your i own Squadron just Call the editor at 320 or 485 and Well be glad to Send Mike on the Story. Major Paul j. Alder Post operations officer tells pie. Mike Mechanic that a Monkey wrench can be As potent a weapon As t a powerful dive bomber or a Long Range artillery piece. Grilled \ with the mighty wrench Mike learns that a taking More pains saves More Sheppard Field volume i number 30 a private publication in the interest of military personnel at Sheppard held Sheppard Field Tenas Friday july 3, 1942 five cents to Cine milians

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